Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2004 12:58:36 -0800
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From: "David L. Cassell" <cassell.david@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV>
Subject: Re: How long does it take to learn SAS,
and how good is the Learning Edition
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> A friend of mine wants to learn SAS. For those of you who have
> it recently, how long did it take to know a reasonable amount, and
> resources did you use?
> Did anyone learn via the Learning Edition?
> Please give me ideas on what has helped you learn SAS.
> I may be helping him to learn SAS, but it has been a long time since I
> first learned it.
I learned the things I needed to get started in SAS in a one-credit-hour
course in one term. Of course, that list of 'things' was pretty
That course was *decades* ago. Some time around the end of the Mesozoic
Era. :-) (And I had already been using SAS in statistical applications
for a couple years when I took the course, so it was easy for me.)
Really, it depends on what one wants to learn. Take "The Little SAS
as a teaching tool. Ten chapters, and yet covering enough to get most
going in SAS. It won't help you if what you need is a theoretical
to PROC MIXED and PROC GAM. It won't help if you want to start out with
SAS/IML or SAS/ETS or SAS/IntrNet. But it should be enough to get your
going. And you can try things out in SAS Learning Edition as you go.
BTW, that one-credit-hour course didn't teach me all that much. After
SAS for more than twenty years, I still learn new things. SAS-L is an
tool for that.
David Cassell, CSC
Senior computing specialist